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Police appeal for mobile phone footage after Durham University student death

Olivia Burt Photo: Family Photo

A week after the death of a Durham University student outside a nightclub, a website has been activated for witnesses to upload mobile phone footage of the moments leading up to the tragedy.

Olivia Burt, from Hampshire, suffered fatal head injuries in an incident outside Missoula nightclub in the Walkergate area of the city on Wednesday 7, February.

A joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the 20-year-old natural sciences student was immediately launched by Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council.

Over the last seven days, officers have spoken to a large number of people who were in the queue to get into the nightclub last Wednesday, but still want to hear from those who were closest to Olivia at the time.

Detectives leading the ongoing inquiry into the death of the first year student have revealed details of a major incident website set up to make it easier for witnesses to upload phone footage.

Detective sergeant Lindsay Banks-Brown, from Durham Constabulary’s Major Crime Team, said:

We are continuing our investigation to try to find out what happened to Olivia.

“There were several hundred people in the area at the time and we have spoken to numerous witnesses over the last week. “But we are particularly keen to speak with any individuals who were in the queue at the bottom entrance to Missoula and who saw what happened. “A Major Incident Public Portal has been activated, to make it easier for witnesses to report and particularly make it easier to submit mobile phone footage to the investigation team."

– Detective sergeant Lindsay Banks-Brown

The portal can be reached at

Olivia Burt suffered fatal head injuries in an incident outside Missoula nightclub in Durham. Credit: ITV News